So as we all approach 2013, I can confirm (despite United’s best efforts) that I’ve achieved status as I had hoped:
United – 1K – 102,754 miles and 57 segments
British Airways – Gold
Priority Club – Platinum – with 8 Stays
Now for 2013 my plans will not be the same. I need to keep the United 1K status, for although I have 3 million miles, and so are 1K for life, you only earn the upgrades if you fly 100k miles per annum.
The Hyatt Diamond is given – I’ve managed to keep it for more than 25 years and don’t plan to drop it now.
My quandaries are BA and Priority Club.
BA – I can do it with a few cheap flights to Europe and a Tier Point Run or two in the USA as I am still living in Denmark for BA purposes. However, the reduced qualification level for old Europe members is nearly over and I can get lounge access if I fly a Star Alliance airline with my United status.
Priority Club – this has always been my back-up programme when there are no Hyatt’s or I needed to stay at an airport. Bit, they seem to changing their qualification arrangements to make it VERY hard to qualify for Platinum unless you spend $6k. Seems a bit steep for very little benefit! However, I am only 20 stays away from lifetime Gold with Starwood, so I might press for that this year instead: